System hacks: Make way for software to close the system Win + shortcuts

Some software uses the Win key plus a certain key as a shortcut to call a certain function, but sometimes the shortcut keys used in the software conflict with the system shortcut keys, causing the software shortcut keys to be unusable, especially this conflict is more common between the early developed software and Windows 10. The problem can be solved if you temporarily turn off system Win+ shortcuts to give way to software operations.

1. Temporarily disable Win hotkeys across the board via Group Policy

For users using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or Education editions, you can simply use Group Policy Editor to temporarily block the system Win key, and then restore the system Win shortcut when you are done using the software.

Right-click the Start button and select Run, enter the GPEDIT.MSC command in the Run dialog box and enter to start the Group Policy Editor. In the Local Group Policy Editor window, expand to “User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → File Explorer”, and find “Turn off Windows key hotkeys” in the right pane (Figure 1).


Double click the above option to enter the settings window, select the “Enabled” option and OK (Figure 2). Finally, restart Explorer or reboot the system to make the settings take effect.


2. Edit the registry to disable certain Win key combinations in a targeted manner

The above method is rather arbitrary to turn off system Win hotkeys in general. Besides, it also brings trouble to users who use Windows 10 Home Edition. In fact, we can also use the method of modifying the registry to block certain Win+ key combinations in a targeted way.

Search for REGEDIT in the Cortana dialog box and run the command to start the Registry Editor. In the Registry Editor window, locate the “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced” branch, right-click on the Advanced item and select “New → String Value”.


Name the new string value DisabledHotkeys and double-click it to open the edit window. To disable the combination of the Win key and a key, enter the key character in the “Value Data” box. For example, to disable the “Win+A” key combination, enter the letter A in the “Value data”; if you also want to disable the “Win+R” and “Win+E” key combinations, then enter the letter A in the “Value data” box. If you also want to disable the “Win+R” and ” Win+E” key combinations, enter the letters R and E consecutively, without adding spaces or other separators between the letters.


Tip: The above method is not valid for individual system key combinations, such as “Win+I”, “Win+F”, etc.

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